The Weather Front On-Line
Statewide temperatures were a bit above normal last week. Precipitation a bit below normal. The far southern districts of the state received over one inch of rain. Northern areas, however, were again below average in rainfall.
Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.
A dangerous combination of heat and humidity continues!
An expansive area of upper level high pressure will intensify over the middle of the Nation. This will bring a return to oppressive heat and humidity, beginning this weekend. Conditions appear similar to the most recent heat wave, except over a much longer time frame.
For the remainder of the week, a stubborn ridge of high pressure will maintain hot, dry conditions across the drought-ravaged south-central U.S. However, tropical moisture will continue to wrap clockwise around the ridge, with heavy, “ring of fire” showers possible. A cold front crossing the northern half of the U.S. will further enhance rainfall in some areas.
Across the Corn Belt, strong thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front are crossing northern and western portions of the region. Meanwhile, the winter wheat harvest is advancing across the southern and eastern Corn Belt under a hot weather regime.
Locally, high pressure will hold across the region Saturday and shift east Sunday, resulting in a partly to mostly sunny sky and seasonably warm temperatures. Quiet weather is expected into Sunday before a weak cold front slowly approaches from the northwest Sunday night or Monday. Temperatures will gradually warm, with afternoon readings climbing back to or a few degrees above 90 degrees.
Across the Corn Belt, mild weather, scattered showers, and abundant soil moisture reserves continue to provide a nearly ideal environment for developing corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, the Midwestern soft red winter wheat harvest is advancing as conditions permit.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms extend southward from the Great Lakes Region to the Ohio Valley, slowing the late stages of soybean planting.
On the Plains, unfavorable wetness lingers throughout many northern farming areas, a stark contrast to intensifying drought farther south.